8 Days / 7 Nights
Arrive in Marathon by either driving from Miami, or flying directly to Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (MTH). Your yacht and crew will be ready to welcome you aboard and see to your needs, before setting sail for the furthest, most secluded islands in the lower Florida Keys.
Depart out of Marathon in the evening and sail to the Dry Tortugas. (107 NM) It will take anywhere from 12 to 16 hours to make this passage. You will arrive at the furthest end of the Florida Keys, a remote destination only reachable by seaplane or yacht.
Arrive at the island group known as the Dry Tortugas. This is the most isolated and least visited national park in the United States. You should plan to spend two nights here but if the weather deteriorates be flexible enough to cut it short and head back to Key West.
Go ashore on Garden Key and tour Fort Jefferson National Monument. This was originally built in the mid 1800’s as a military fort to be used by Union forces during the Civil War. The fort was converted to a prison whose most famous inmate was Dr. Mudd of Lincoln’s time.
Snorkel the reefs surrounding the islands. Go ashore on Loggerhead Key and/or Hospital Key for a cookout, just be sure to clean up well and leave as little of a footprint as possible. Bush Key offers great bird watching from your yacht. Bush Key is a bird sanctuary and landing is prohibited.
Depart the Dry Tortugas early in the morning and sail to the uninhabited island group of the Marquesas. (44 NM) Enjoy the quiet and solitude that this island group offers. Calm waters and a nice sandy beach provide wonderful swimming and relaxation.
Depart the Marquesas and sail to Key West. (26NM) Stop along the way for some fantastic snorkeling by mooring to the dive buoys on the reef. Spend the night at Key West Bight Marina or anchor out in Man of War Harbor. Enjoy the nightlife and take in all that this “end of the road” destination has to offer. If you like what you see, make plans to charter again during Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest celebration.
Depart Key West and sail to Bahia Honda for your last night out on the hook. (33NM) One of the best anchorages in the Florida Keys. Drop your hook near the Old Keys Trestle Railroad Bridge and enjoy the calm natural harbor at Bahia Honda State Park.
Depart Bahia Honda and sail back to Marathon. (12NM) Arrive early and be on your way by 12:00 Noon.